Born on this day (May 13) in 1907, Daphne du Maurier was a Cornish author and playwright. Many of her works were adapted into films, including the novel Rebecca (which generally is considered to be her masterpiece), the novel Jamaica Inn, and the short stories The Birds and Don’t Look Now.
In later life she wrote non-fiction as well, including several biographies, one of which was about her father, the actor-manager Gerald du Maurier. In 1969, she was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire but never used the title. Du Maurier died in 1989 at her home in Cornwall, which had been the setting for many of her books.
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